Check out what it says in their ‘Doctrine and Covenants, and Church History’ Manual.
“To help explain how Joseph Smith obtained the ancient writings in the book of Abraham, either read or invite a student to read the following:
…On 3 July 1835 a man named Michael Chandler brought four Egyptian mummies and several papyrus scrolls of ancient Egyptian writings to Kirtland, Ohio. …
Chandler was offering the mummies and rolls of papyrus for sale and, at the urging of the Prophet Joseph Smith, several members of the Church donated money to purchase them.”
Notice the date below – it’s only two days later!
“In a statement dated 5 July 1835, Joseph Smith, declaring the importance of these ancient Egyptian writings, recorded: ‘I commenced the translation of some of the characters or hieroglyphics, and much to our joy found that one of the rolls contained the writings of Abraham. … (History of the Church, 2:236)” (The Pearl of Great Price Student Manual[Church Educational System manual, 2000], 28).” [emp. mine]
But wait – there’s unfortunately more…
A few paragraphs later they’re having the kids role-play a scenario, which in essence, is prepping them for future disagreements they’ll have with ‘outsiders’ about Smith’s false translation of the Egyptian papyri.
Here’s one of the canned answers they’re encouraged to give when someone questions them about the authenticity of the Egyptian papyri –
“For the following portion of the lesson, consider inviting two students to come to the front of the classroom and role-play a news reporter interviewing a scholar who has dedicated a great deal of study to the content and origins of the books in the Pearl of Great Price. Ask them to read the following script:
“The Prophet Joseph Smith never claimed the papyri were indeed the writings of Abraham. He said the book of Abraham was “a translation of some ancient Records that have fallen into our hands, from the Catecombs of Egypt, purporting to be the writings of Abraham, while he was in Egypt” (Times and Seasons, Mar. 1, 1842, 704).” [emp. mine]
1.You’ll notice the information this time comes from a different source. The first reference they provided was from History of the Church dated July 1835 stating they were the words of Abraham, and the other was from Times and Seasons in March 1842 which seems to back off such a strong claim. Because they don’t give the actual links to the kids, throwing this much info at them is like trying to get a drink of water from a fire hose. Besides all that, they contradict each other!
2.The other major issue is how they didn’t address the problem of dates. Further into the lesson it states the papyri dates back to BC 100. Abraham lived c. BC 2000. How did Abraham manage to live 1,900 years? To read the entire lesson in full, see link provided at the beginning of this article.
In summary, what 14 yr old kid do you know that would stay awake in class when talking about ancient Egyptian papyri?
Moreover, why are they teaching these kids how to dodge answers about the Church’s history? This is nothing short of grooming my friends. It’s a good example of how the Church tricks the unknowing, and as we’ve seen here they begin training their ‘troops’ at a very early age.
Pray for Mormons to see the deception, and for the potential victims who might fall prey to this false teaching!
With Love in Christ;